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Dr. Brian Knetl is Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, serving as GRCC’s chief academic officer with major responsibilities for strategic planning and guiding all aspects of teaching and learning in support of student success.

During his 20 years working in higher education, Knetl has focused on excellence in teaching and learning, including faculty development, first-year student programming, international education, student support services, developmental education redesign, learning communities, and honors programs.

Knetl came to GRCC in September 2019, arriving from Harper College in Palatine, Ill. where he served as interim provost, associate provost for Academic Affairs, dean of Liberal Arts and founding associate dean of the Center for Adjunct Faculty Engagement.

At Harper, Knetl championed academic planning and pathways, built relationships with high school partners leading to better curricular alignment and increases in early college credit, and served as co-leader of the Achieving the Dream initiative.

Before his transition into administration, he was a faculty member for seven years in the Theater Department at Saint Mary’s University in Winona, Minn., directing university productions and teaching courses in text analysis, dramatic theory, theatre history, and directing. He served as department chair for two years.

Knetl in 2018-2019 completed the Aspen Presidential Fellowship Program for Community College Excellence. The Aspen Institute is a Washington, D.C-based educational and policy studies organization selecting leaders with the drive and capacity to transform community colleges to achieve higher levels of student success.

Knetl has a bachelor’s degree in Theatre from Saint Mary’s University, a master’s degree in Theatre from Texas State University, and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction from Loyola University-Chicago. 

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